Dental care. CP can cause problems with the jaw muscles, teeth, mouth, and tongue. And it can make it hard to use a toothbrush. Regular cleanings and special equipment, such as a teeth-cleaning
water spray, can help.
Drooling can cause skin irritation around
the chin, mouth, and chest. You can help protect your child's skin by blotting rather than wiping drool, using cloths
to cover the chest, and applying lotions or cornstarch to areas that get irritated.
child approaches the teen years and young adulthood, be aware of his or her
Gradually prepare your child for
independent living. Usually teens have learned to use
their talents and strengths. But they may need extra help and encouragement to
prepare for added expectations and responsibilities.
Learn to change your routines as your child with CP grows and develops. For example,
you may not be able to continue caring for a severely affected child who is
growing tall and heavy. Try to plan ahead for the time when your
grown child with CP is not under your care.
Planning for adulthood
Preparing your child for
adulthood takes careful planning. It also requires patience and resourcefulness
on your part.
Encourage independent living skills. A time
may come when you or other family members can no longer assist your child in all areas.
Use occupational therapy and similar programs that may be
helpful. Most adults with CP are employed, despite moderate to severe physical
disability. Laws protect the rights of disabled people to
find and hold employment (among other rights). Learn about
the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 at www.ada.gov.
with CP may need extra help preparing for retirement.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 20, 2012
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